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Cranberry Christmas Tree Bread

Yield 16 servings
Not only does this recipe use a convenient frozen bread dough, it also uses purchased frosting. What a time-saver!


  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange rind
  • 1/2 (16-ounce) package frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese-flavored ready-made frosting

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a medium saucepan, stirring well. (Frozen berries do not have to thaw first.) Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until thickened (about 10 minutes). Set aside, and cool.

  2. Roll dough into an 18" x 9" rectangle; brush with melted butter. Spread cranberry mixture over dough to within 1/2" of edges. Sprinkle with walnuts, if desired. Roll up dough, starting at long side, pressing gently to contain filling; pinch ends to seal. Cut roll into 16 equal slices (about 1 1/8" thick).

  3. On lower third of a large greased baking sheet, arrange 5 slices, cut sides up, in a row with edges touching. Form tree with additional rows of rolls, ending with 1 roll on top of tree and 1 roll on bottom for trunk.

  4. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 30 to 45 minutes or until doubled in bulk. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Carefully remove from baking sheet, and cool on a wire rack.

  5. Place frosting in a 2-cup glass measuring cup. Microwave, uncovered, at HIGH for 20 to 25 seconds or until drizzling consistency; drizzle over bread.

Christmas with Southern Living 1999